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Intel’s chief called DSL and cable “half-assed,” over-promising WiMax: He told a Reuters reporter that WiMax will deliver 10 Mbps throughput for home users. Maybe he’ll be able to afford that in his home. Currently, that kind of throughput over a wireless connection would price the vast majority of residents out of the market. Speakeasy, which just launched a broadband wireless offering in Seattle, is targeting businesses with an aggregated 6 Mbps service for $800 per month. Towerstream, which offers broadband wireless services in several U.S. cities, offers businesses a 5 Mbps service for $500 per month. In many years his vision may come to fruition, when the cost of equipment drops and the capability improves to increase bandwidth. But with first generation services, operators won’t be able to afford to offer anything like 10 Mbps at a price comparable to DSL or cable.
Posted by nancyg at May 16, 2005 4:32 PM
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